Top Vacation Experiences for 2016 . . . River Cruises

Posted by Tammy Murphy

December 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM


Convenience, Luxury, and most of all Making Memories to last a lifetime.

Making memories through vacation experiences with family and friends is priceless!!

You love the idea of exploring several countries on one visit, what better way than aboard a 5 star floating boutique hotel.   Most of the ships accommodate only 120-200 passengers, which allows for an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.

River cruises provide a unique approach to the "vacation experience".  Spend a few minutes explaining to your travel consultant what your hobbies and interest are and she can suggest the perfect river cruise vacation experience for you.  What appeals to me most is that you can immerse yourself in local culture through exclusive limited edition tours, and its offers many group benefits with a individual travel feel.  River cruises are great for groups, families, friends, special interest groups, church groups, etc.

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Award-winning cuisine crafted by expert chefs and served in a variety of stylish dining venues--including the Chef's Table specialty restaurant.  In fact, you can find the chef in the local markets because the ingredients are farm to table in the area that you are visiting.  You may eat in the main dining room which accommodates all guests, but there are smaller alternative restaurants for a more casual experience.

Most everything is included (varies by cruise line), but typically beer and wine are included with lunch and dinner.  Some cruise lines also include excursions.      

On a river cruise, you enjoy the unique small towns within the countries you visit.  You won't need a tender or bus because the ship docks right where you want to be.  You can choose from optional small group tours with local tour guides or you can explore on your own.  Some cruise lines offer a self-guided GPS walking or biking tour.   There are also optional special activities that are planned at your destinations and local entertainment is brought on board to perform for the guests in the evenings.  Between all of the exciting tours, guests can indulge in outstanding onboard amenities like massages services and a fitness room.  Or sip on a glass of wine in the pool with a swim-up bar on the sun deck.  Imagine lounging in your bathing suits and cruising by centuries-old castles. 

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River cruising is a relaxed and easy way to visit beautiful countries with family and friends.  The ease of getting from one city or country to another taking in riverside scenery from a spacious balcony stateroom is a rare treat any guests would love.   Enjoy luxurious accommodations , delicious food, and unique experiences and you only had to unpack once!  The hardest decision is which entree to try next because the staff is dedicated to exceeding expectations.  They want you to feel like part of the family.   It's so much more than a vacation, its a unique experience regardless how many times you cruise.

Please share if you know anyone that is ready to try river cruising.  As a travel consultant, I enjoy making your travel experience, as well as the planning, as easy as possible.   VIP Your Journey

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Topics: foodie travel, wine tasting, river cruise, #viptravelexperience, #VIPRiverCruise, #RiverCruise

South America's Best: Culinary Travel Destinations

Posted by Robert Landen

April 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

South America has an impressively robust collection of tastes and flavors - if you're looking for something new and different, talk to your lifestyle concierge about a vacation to one of the following places.

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Topics: foodie travel, South America

Cuisines to travel for on your next luxury vacation

Posted by Robert Landen

February 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Tom yum gung

Thai cuisine–roast duck in red curry Terence Ong

Traveling the world gives you plenty of opportunities to experience exotic cuisines with the added flair of authenticity you simply can't get at home. As a lifestyle concierge, a favorite past-time while traveling is eating, so here we provide you with a few destinations where the food alone is reason enough to make a visit.


During your stay in Thailand, you'll notice the amazing complexity within the often light dishes. Tom Yum Gung is a Thai soup that's filled with shrimp, tomatoes, mushrooms, and many other delicious ingredients. This is a classic dish, which you might enjoy alongside a serving of Panang Gai, mild curried chicken. While you're there, don't miss trying the signature Thai sweet tea, Cha Yen.


Brazilian food is rich and comforting. To get the full experience of Brazilian cuisine you'll have to take a tour of the nation, as the fare varies broadly from region to region. You'll sample delicious dishes such as Camarao na Moranga, or shrimp in pumpkin, which is a traditional seafood stew that's served inside a hollow pumpkin. If you're looking for a classic dish, try Bolinhos de Bacalhau (fried salt cod cakes). Also, don't forget to try the traditional Brazilian condiment, Farofa, which is often served alongside roasted meat dishes. 

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There's really nothing quite like exquisite Turkish cuisine. Whether you're enjoying the comfort of a BBQ Yogurt Marinated Chicken dish, or you enjoy a vegetarian dish such as Spinach with Bulgur, you'll get your fill no matter which luxurious restaurant you visit. Be sure to finish your meal with something delectable, like Limonlu Kareler, sweet lemon bars. 

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If you've always wanted to visit Italy for some real Italian food, look no further than Rome. You'll find that many of the restaurants in Rome stick closely to tradition. Many of them serve Gnocchi on Thursdays and Salt Cod every Friday. Rome is known for its seafood, and any of the finest restaurants will feature a number of elegant seafood dishes on their menus. If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, there's absolutely nothing like homemade Gelati, which is available at many Roman restaurants, and be sure you try the Sfogliatelle, pastry leaves with ricotta cheese. 

If you would like to speak with a professional lifestyle concierge to begin planning your next vacation, we would love to talk with you. Contact us today for your quote

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Topics: travel ideas, foodie travel, Asia, Europe

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